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11:05 AM ET, May 24, 2011

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Wall Street Journal:
An Anti-Israel President  —  The president's peace proposal is a formula for war.  —  Say what you will about President Obama's approach to Israel—or of his relationship with American Jews—he sure has mastered the concept of chutzpah.  —  On Thursday at the State Department …
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Reid rebukes Obama on Israel  —  The most powerful Democrat in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), on Monday night publicly rejected President Barack Obama's decision to use a recent speech to lay out aspects of a potential peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Reid breaks with Obama on Israel  —  Breaking with President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday urged a renewal of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks without preconditions regarding borders.  —  Obama, in recent days, has proposed that Israel's 1967 boundaries be the …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Netanyahu repeats: No to '67 borders  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday once again rejected President Obama's call to base the borders of a Palestinian state on those existing in 1967.  —  Addressing delegates of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Maen Rashid Areikat / The Politico:
A Palestinian perspective  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accepted House Speaker John Boehner's invitation to address a joint session of Congress on Tuesday.  The speaker says his invitation is a chance to promote freedom, security and peace in the Middle East.
Discussion: Right Wing News
Scott / Power Line:
Netanyahu at AIPAC  —  Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke …
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  King: Giuliani ‘very close’ to joining GOP presidential race  —  Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose presidential campaign fizzled in 2008, is leaning toward another race for the White House, according to a close associate.  New York Republican Rep. Peter King …
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Marc Ambinder / NationalJournal.com:
What Obama's Political Team Thinks of the Republican Field  —  Romney seems the most formidable, they think, while relieved that Daniels got out.  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, shown here in 2010, is the most likely GOP opponent and one of the toughest, according to those close to the president.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Poll: Romney way ahead of GOP field in New Hampshire
Kirk Enstrom / WMUR:
Poll: Romney Holds Large Lead Over Others
Discussion: GOP 12
New York Post:
Strauss-Kahn's pals bid to pay off woman's kin  —  By ORON DAN in Tel Aviv and LAURA ITALIANO and BOB FREDERICKS in NY  —  Friends of alleged hotel sex fiend Dominique Strauss-Kahn secretly contacted the accusing maid's impoverished family, offering them money to make the case go away since …
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Jacob Tomsky / New York Times:
Behind Closed, Sequentially Numbered Doors
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Who Will Play Strauss-Kahn?
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker says Sen. Scott Brown ‘should be ashamed of himself’  —  Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) scolded the senator for opposing the House GOP budget from Rep. Paul Ryan.  —  An Illinois Republican on Monday said Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) should be “ashamed of himself” for opposing Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget plan.
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
All eyes on New York's special
Los Angeles Times:
U.S. Supreme Court orders massive inmate release to relieve California's crowded prisons  —  Justice Kennedy cites inhumane conditions, while dissenters fear a crime rampage.  Gov. Jerry Brown seeks tax hike to fund transfers to county jails as prison officials hope to avoid freeing anyone.
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:   State Secrets Block Resolution of Contractors' Suit, Justices Say
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices, 5-4, Tell California to Cut Prisoner Population
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
What a top aide to Sarah Palin really thinks about Mitt Romney, Bristol Palin, Erick Erickson and more  —  A series of messages forwarded to The Daily Caller show a top aide to former Alaska Gov. and possible presidential candidate Sarah Palin mocking top political figures and even her boss's own daughter, Bristol Palin.
Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Not the whole truth in Pawlenty claims  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — “Truth” was Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's buzzword Monday when he announced his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.  He said he will tell the truth about hard choices facing the nation while others …
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Kase Wickman / The Raw Story:
Tim Pawlenty wiped a serial child molester's record clean in 2008
Elizabeth Tenety / Washington Post:
Harold Camping says May 21, 2011 was ‘invisible judgment day,’ world will end October 21, 2011  —  You've been warned.  —  Radio evangelist Harold Camping said in a special broadcast Monday night on his radio program Open Forum that his predicted May 21, 2011 Rapture was “an invisible judgment day” …
Discussion: Pharyngula and The Daily Dish
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Dean Schabner / ABCNEWS:
New Doomsday: Preacher Says It's Still Coming
Discussion: Gawker and Mediaite
myfoxny.com:
Teens Riot In Manhattan Businesses  —  MYFOXNY.COM - It's like a flash mob gone bad.  Security footage from a Manhattan Dunkin' Donuts shows a group of youths climbing on counters, throwing chairs and throwing tables in a violent attack on workers.  —  It happened at the Dunkin' Donuts on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village.
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
Perry's Not the Texas Front-Runner, UT/TT Poll Finds  —  Keywords:  —  Enlargegraphic by: Jacob Villanueva / Todd Wiseman  — Reference Material  —  UT/Texas Tribune May 2011 Results: Day 2  —  It's a good thing Rick Perry says he's not running for president …
Discussion: GOP 12 and Taegan Goddard's …
New York Times:
Democrats Try to Woo Consumer Advocate to Run  —  WASHINGTON — Officials in the Democratic Party are wooing Elizabeth Warren to run for the Senate against the Massachusetts Republican Scott P. Brown rather than have her continue to set up the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
‘Rock and roll dude’ eyes W.H. run  —  Another Republican is eyeing a late entrance into the presidential primary, and his name is not Jeb, Chris, Paul or Rick.  —  It's Thaddeus.  —  In an interview Monday with POLITICO, Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter said he's seriously considering …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Paul Walsh / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Muslim rights group cries foul over MSP security drill  —  Last week's security test reinforced negative stereotypes, CAIR said in a complaint to the head of Homeland Security.  —  A national Muslim civil rights group is asking the head of Homeland Security to investigate the use of stereotypes …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
White House Adds New Position to Deal with Unfavorable Online Media  —  The White House has named Jesse Lee to a new position within its communications department titled Director of Progressive Media & Online Response.  According to The Huffington Post, Lee will essentially be responsible …
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Steady Decline in Major Crime Baffles Experts  —  The number of violent crimes in the United States dropped significantly last year, to what appeared to be the lowest rate in nearly 40 years, a development that was considered puzzling partly because it ran counter to the prevailing expectation …
The Hill:
Sessions threatens to block budget votes, Memorial Day recess  —  Senate Budget Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) threatened on Monday to derail planned budget resolution votes this week — as well as the Memorial Day recess — to protest Democrats' lack of a budget plan.
 
 
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